Our mission is to be a catalyst for community collaboration and charitable giving; building capacity and creating permanent, locally controlled community assets as sustainable resources to improve quality of life and place in Southeastern Kentucky.



"We work together to find the best ways to support initiatives that improve life for all of us — now and in the future."


The Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky will be a leading and trusted community foundation; transforming Eastern Kentucky through charitable giving, community involvement and strategic partnerships; investing assets in our communities for a strong, healthy, and sustainable region.


Family & Relationships
We value the sense of family and strong relationships that bind us into a responsive community.

We respect our rich history, our ancestors and the lessons from our past. Our future will be defined by our heritage, new people, and new ideas that we welcome into our community.

We value the natural beauty and resiliency of the mountains that provide protection, identity, tranquility, resources, and a sense of well-being.

We believe in the power of knowledge and the desire to learn through education, life experience and collective wisdom.

Giving is part of our culture

We care for each other. The good neighbor approach is alive and well in Eastern Kentucky. When a flood, tornado or other tragedy strikes, we come together and help those in need. We have a long history of volunteering, donating and sharing with those who are less fortunate. We work together. We know that giving is not the preserve of the wealthy. Individual citizens and local institutions are continuously organizing to collect money and goods. We volunteer time and skills to promote the well-being of others and the betterment of the communities in which we live and work. We understand that together we accomplish more. The Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky connects people who care with causes that matter. It is a vehicle for pooling and investing resources in ways that produce greater results than any of us can achieve alone. We have a vested interest in the future of Appalachia. Whether you are from the region, have family ties, or Eastern Kentucky has just captured your heart, you wouldn’t be reading this if you didn’t believe in Appalachia’s potential. When you envision a better future for Appalachian Kentucky you see vibrant and resilient communities, healthy families and thriving businesses. You see those who have left having the option to return.